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post #111 of 187 Old 10-29-2012, 01:39 AM
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Yeah, that last picture definitely shows the tight lipped, "I'm not sure about things" look.

Congratulations, she's a fine looking mare even if a bit fluffy!
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post #112 of 187 Old 10-29-2012, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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Later on that afternoon, I took her out for a little hand-walking around the farm. She really got excited and did some circling around me when we went up towards the front. The farm sits on a corner and I'm not sure she was used to the traffic, and it was a strange place. But for a mare in a totally strange place, I'm really pleased with her reactions. Her lip might get tight, she might do a little circling, but that was the total extent of it. When I asked for whoa, she stopped. Immediately. She never once pulled on the lead rope. She didn't try to graze. She does show a lot of white around her eyes and it makes her look like she's really alarmed, but I think for her it's normal. She doesn't act alarmed, I think she just has more white showing...like an appaloosa? And it seems to be more on one eye than the other. The vet said her eyes checked out fine, so I'm not going to worry about it.

Right now I'm getting a bit for her, a bridle that will fit, arranging for my farrier to meet her and trim her feet...and then she's going to meet OUR vet and get her teeth floated. They aren't bad, but they're rough in places and the vet who checked her said she would need to be floated in the near future. So why wait? I could probably ride her without the bit, but like I said, I'm not brave anymore. We'll wait to get to know each other, and the bit and then ride.

She also came into season on Saturday, or perhaps before. I couldn't see her Saturday because of the trip to Perry...(Didn't get home until after 11pm) So I put her in the wash stall and cleaned her up Sunday morning. (Guys, It's my first time ever with a mare, so I'm unsure about some stuff.) She just stood there and politely moved her tail to one side. We have hot water out at the barn, so I got it warm and she cleaned right up! She looked a lot better afterwards. If this is how she acts when she's in season, then I'm a VERY happy camper. Sure beats cleaning sheaths!

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post #113 of 187 Old 10-29-2012, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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We put her into a holding paddock/fat lock up because even though she vet checked fine, she shipped, and we're being careful. She can see other horses, but she can't bump noses. She's liking the hay and I'm taking her out once a day for some handgrazing. She's liking the grass even better!!! LOL

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post #114 of 187 Old 10-29-2012, 07:22 AM
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These horses are easy keepers. My friends and I call them "air ferns". All of ours look a bit fluffy even when we ride them a lot. You will also notice they are great barefoot horses with really tough hooves.

A little white eye the first day is to be expected, but she acted like she should, listening to you, shows the training she has had. Have fun getting to know each other.

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post #115 of 187 Old 10-29-2012, 07:44 AM
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BLOSSOM!!!!

Where are you as far as the hurricane is concerned?

If weather "things" heat up in your area, I would watch Blossom pretty close.

She's left her home plus being caught up in a history making storm might be cause for colic.

I can hear the excitement in your post and I don't blame you. Blossom is beautiful
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post #116 of 187 Old 10-29-2012, 08:05 AM
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It makes me happy to read the excitement in your post.

Hagonnag, if Blossom is half as excited as you are then things are going to be just fine.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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post #117 of 187 Old 10-29-2012, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Blossom and I are far from the hurricane! We sit in the "golden triangle" area of SC...bordered by Georgia and North Carolina. We aren't even getting any rain! So far. If you know where Clemson is, we ride on their forestry and agricultural research land a lot! It is gorgeous here and with the leaves turning, it's even more gorgeous.
We get to ride year round, and we're right on the fall line for the Blue Ridge/Appalacian Mountains, so we get to see lots of waterfalls when we ride.
There are tons of free trails to ride close enough for day trips and we have miles and miles and miles of trails around Lake Hartwell (**** on Savannah River) within an easy half hour of the house. Blossom is going to have fun!

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post #118 of 187 Old 10-29-2012, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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These horses are easy keepers. My friends and I call them "air ferns". All of ours look a bit fluffy even when we ride them a lot. You will also notice they are great barefoot horses with really tough hooves.

A little white eye the first day is to be expected, but she acted like she should, listening to you, shows the training she has had. Have fun getting to know each other.
For some weird reason, all the horses I get are easy keepers...some easier than others!! My husband's OTTB is a really, really hard keeper. Sometimes I dream about just having normal horses...or at least 2 that are the same. We shovel food to one and ration it out to the other. I am using that excuse for myself: I'm an easy keeper, always have been and it's too late to change now! It took me almost 65 years to accumulate all these curves and now they just don't want to leave me! LOL

I'm actually pretty happy that she's going into the winter in a new place with extra weight. It will get cold, we'll be riding. She'll certainly be getting more exercise than she got standing in a pasture 24/7. I'm thinking by next Spring, she should be looking good with more muscle and less fat.

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post #119 of 187 Old 10-29-2012, 08:43 AM
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. She never once pulled on the lead rope. She didn't try to graze.
Sure beats cleaning sheaths!
If you do allow her to hand graze like in a later post then she will start pulling and try to graze.
Be sure to clean between her teets also.
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post #120 of 187 Old 10-29-2012, 09:39 AM
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I am so jealous, but my long legs would be dangling. I which you many long and happy rides.
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